The NSW Police Force has announced a reward of $250,000 for information regarding the suspicious death of infant Jayleigh Murray in 2019.
Jayleigh, then aged 11-months-old, was found unresponsive at her home in Aldrin Avenue, Dubbo, about 6.20pm on Thursday 6 June 2019.
She was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics then taken to Dubbo Base Hospital, before being airlifted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, where she died on Wednesday 12 June 2019.
A post-mortem examination revealed Jayleigh suffered from non-accidental head trauma and other suspicious injuries before her death.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad established Strike Force Binara to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Despite extensive investigations, no one has been charged in relation to Jayleigh’s death.
As inquiries continue, police are renewing their appeal to the community to come forward with any information that may assist detectives with their investigations.
Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Jayne Doherty, hopes the reward will prompt people with information to speak with investigators.
“Family and friends have told us that Jayleigh had a vibrant smile and an infectious laugh… we cannot imagine what would lead someone to hurt such a beautiful, helpless little girl,” said Det Supt Doherty.
“We need people in the Dubbo community to come forward and tell Jayleigh’s story for her, to help us give meaning to her short life.
“Investigators believe there are people living in the community who hold the key to unlocking Jayleigh’s story. We need those people to be courageous and come forward with that information in tribute to a life ended so tragically early.
“If we can’t stand up for our children, to defend and protect them, what do we stand for.”
Investigations under Strike Force Binara are continuing.
Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Binara investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.